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Urgent Message: End Time Prophecy Pt.1
It is definite that we are living in the very last days of time, and this generation is in fact the last generation. Just walk with me for a second and consider these things I’m about to share with you. You may not believe in God or have any interest in following God’s way but you owe it to yourself to know the truth!
In the book of Daniel (chapter 7), God showed Daniel a dream concerning the last days of time, the things that Daniel saw in his dream are the very same things that is happening today or has already occurred throughout history. Just please take the time to listen & see for yourself. Daniel’s dream was of four beasts with interesting details concerning these beasts, but our focus is actually on the fourth beast that Daniel explains in his dream. There are five interesting things about this fourth beast that I want to point out & they are. . . .
Daniel 7:7 “Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast--terrifying, dreadful, and very strong. It devoured and crushed its victims with huge iron teeth and trampled their remains beneath its feet. It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns.”
Daniel 7:24 “Its ten horns are ten kings who will rule that empire. . . .
(In bible prophecy horns represent kings/kingdoms it symbolizes power & beasts represent nations/empires.)
What empire? Well let’s see. After the collapse of Rome in 476AD, its empire was divided into ten kingdoms:
5. Visigoths –Spain
History supports this, I encourage you to do further research for yourself.
Daniel 7:8 “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. . . .
The destruction of the three Arian kingdoms: the Heruli, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths.
• Catholic Emperor Zeno arranged a treaty with the Ostrogoths in 487AD which resulted in the destruction of the Heruli in 493AD.
• Justinian then sent his best general Belisarius who destroyed the Vandals by 534AD.
• Four years later Belisarius destroyed the Ostrogoths in 538AD. The three Arian kingdoms disappeared from world history.
In 533AD Emperor Justinian Recognized the Pope’s ecclesiastical supremacy as head of all the churches in both the east and west empires. However, it was not until 538AD when the papacy was effectively set up after the conquering of their last opposition, the Ostrogoths and then the Vatican emerged as a political power.
Daniel 7:8 “…..This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.”
Daniel 7:25 “He will speak against the Most High. . . . .
In the text above the phrases “boasting arrogantly” & “speaking against the Most High (God)” indicates that this little horn will speak blasphemies.
Below is information and a few recorded texts of the Roman Catholic Church that I have researched:
• “We hold upon this earth the place of Almighty God” (Pope Leo XIII Encyclical Letter of June 20, 1894)
• ”The Pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, He is Jesus Christ himself, hidden under the veil of flesh.” (Catholic National July 1895)
• ”We likewise define that the holy Apostolic See, and the Roman Pontiff (Pope), hold the primacy throughout the entire world; and that the Roman Pontiff himself is the successor of blessed Peter, the chief of the Apostles, and the true vicar (substitute) of Christ, and that he is the head of the entire Church, and the father and teacher of all Christians; and that full power was given to him in blessed Peter by our Lord Jesus Christ, to feed, rule, and govern the universal Church." (The Council’s Latin dogma clarification of papal supremacy)
God’s Word tells us that the vicar (substitute) of Jesus is the Holy Spirit, not a man.
John 16:7 “But I tell you the truth, it is for your benefit that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Holy Spirit will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.”
Daniel 7:21 "I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them.”
Daniel 7:25 “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.”
During the dark ages those who followed God’s way was put to death by the Roman Catholic Church, because they chose to obey God’s law and not the wicked ways of the early Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church ruled the world during the dark ages and killed millions of God's people. This is being repeated today in places like Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea, Pakistan, India, Nigeria & Egypt, where many Christians are being killed for their faith in Christ Jesus every single day. And once the mark of the beast is enforced soon, then this persecution will spread to the Western World.
• “Historians estimate that, in the Middle Ages and Early Reformation Era, more than 50,000,000 Martyrs perished.” (Halley’s Bible Handbook, 1965 edition, page 726) Martyrs simply means people who died for their faith.
• “It has been computed that fifty millions of Protestants have at different times been the victims of the persecutions of the Papists, and put to death for their religious opinions.” (Thomas Cowperthwaite & Co., 1838, article “Persecution”, p. 335] )
• April 26, 1349 Roman Catholic mobs burn to death all Jews in Germersheim, Germany
• 1298 Roman Catholic mobs burn alive all Jews in Rottingen, Germany.
• 1540 – 1570 Roman Catholic armies butcher at least 900,000 Waldensian Christians of all ages during this 30-year period.
• Saint Bartholomew the Apostle was skinned alive for spreading his faith
• Professor MacLean speculates that the 50 million figure is based on wars of religion, crusades, and other horrific events.
Daniel 7:25 “He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. . . .
• Pope Gregory XIII changed the set time of a complete day starting from evening to evening (sunset to sunset) into midnight to midnight in 1582. The Gregorian calendar, which most of us use in our daily lives, was named after Pope Gregory XIII in place of the natural lunar month ("month" actually means moon).
Genesis 1:4-5 “And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day" and the darkness "night." And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day”
Now you see here how God’s Word in Daniel 7:25 about the changing of set times came true.
• It was the Catholic Church who officially changed the Sabbath from the last day of the Week (Saturday) to the first day of the Week (Sunday) by nodding agreement with the Roman Emperor's Edict in 321AD. Catholic bishops later made this church dogma at the Council of Laodicea (363AD.)
• The Catholic Church claims responsibility for the change from seventh-day to first-day Sabbath. “The Sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which recalls the “new creation” inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ...” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2 Article 3 1994)
• Q: Which is the Sabbath day?
A: Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q: Why Do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday. (The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine (1957): 50: )
• Q: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
A: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; —she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority. (Rev. Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism; New York in 1857, page 174)
• Sunday is our MARK of authority ... the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact." (Catholic record of London, Ontario, Sept. 1, 1923)
Now you see here how God’s Word in Daniel 7:25 about the changing of set laws came true.
The observance of Sunday is in fact a pagan practice to worship the sun click the link below to find out more about the observance of Sunday
God’s Word tells us that what he does is final and that Jesus did not change, add or take away from the law at all but he magnified the law which simply means he made it more clearer for us so that we understand.
Matthew 5:17-19 “Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot, not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. So then, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:14 “And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose is that people should fear him.”
Malachi 3:6 “I am the LORD, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.”
The Catholic Church say they had the authority to change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Modern believers of Christ don't deny this -because they observe Sunday as the Sabbath.
James 2:10 “For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God's laws.”
Matthew 15:9 “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
But do not be troubled, it’s only sin when you know better & but still continue in disobedience. However, now that you know better you ought to do better.
James 4:17 “Therefore, whoever knows the right thing to do, yet fails to do it, is guilty of sin.”
The things spoken of in Daniel’s dream about the four beasts has all been fulfilled, all except the coming of Christ and the destruction of the fourth beast.
In the book of Revelation chapter 13, John has a vision of two beasts and his vision was very similar to the vision Daniel had. I’m going to explain each of the two beasts that John saw in his vision and what they both represented.
Revelation 13: 1-7 “Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God. The beast I saw was like a leopard, with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave the beast his power and throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast appeared to be fatally wounded. But the mortal wound was healed, and the whole world was astonished and followed the beast. And people worshiped the dragon, who had given authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? And who is able to make war against it?" Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.”
I want to point out seven key major points of the bolded text, explaining each underlined point. Walk with me now as we connect the dots to the mystery of the first beast in Revelation 13.
Rev. 13:1 “Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. . . .”
Remember, in bible prophecy that a beast symbolizes a nation/empire. Also in bible prophecy the sea symbolizes people, multitudes and languages. Revelation 17:15 tells us that also. This means that this beast rose from a heavily populated area meaning that it came into power from among many people and nations. The Catholic Church rose from Rome which was & still is a heavily populated part of Europe.
Rev. 13:2 “And the dragon gave the beast his power and throne and great authority.”
Revelation 12:9 tells us that the dragon is Satan, the devil the deceiver of the world, so this means the beast receives it’s power from Satan. Since the beginning Satan’s plan was to destroy God’s plan. God promised that Christ would be born as the remedy for the sin in this world and that Satan and all wickedness would be judged by him. So Satan’s mission has been to thwart God’s plan, but see Satan didn’t know when exactly Christ would be born so he put in great effort to destroy God’s plan by attempting to destroy Christ when he was born. Genesis 3:15 God says “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel." From that point on Satan was expecting the messiah to be born through the offspring of the woman (Eve). Satan then considered Able because he knew the messiah wasn’t Cain because Able pleased God and Cain didn’t. Satan then inspired Cain to kill Able. When Abel was killed, another son was born to Adam and Eve. His name was Seth. He was in the promised line of the Deliverer (Christ). Throughout history, the devil has continued his attempt, with no success, to destroy the promised line. We find Satan behind Herod in the slaughtering of the innocent male babies in Bethlehem. In attempting to kill the baby Jesus, Satan was trying to keep Jesus from fulfilling His mission. Even after Christ was born Satan still tried to stop God’s plan by tempting Jesus in the wilderness. Matthew 4:8-9 “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." Jesus refused & again another one of Satan’s attempts failed. Now you have a better understanding of how Satan’s plan ever since the beginning is to destroy God’s plan by doing whatever he has to, the Bible tells us in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
History reveals how pagan Rome turned over its power & capitol city to the Church of Rome. According to (Adolph Harnack, What is Christianity? Page 270) “The Roman Church… Pushed itself into the place of the Roman World-Empire, of which it is the actual continuation …… The pope, who calls himself “King” & “Pontifex”, is Caesar’s successors.”
Rev. 13:3a “One of the heads of the beast appeared to be fatally wounded. But the mortal wound was healed. . .”
On January 11, 1798, "a definite order was issued by the French government to its troops to march on Rome and occupy it. The army accordingly marched southwards under General Berthier, with orders from Napoleon Bonaparte to expel the Pope and set up a republic in Rome." It wasn’t until February 15, 1798, when French troops entered Rome and their commander, General Berthier, deposed Pope Pius VI. Pope Pius VI was put into exile in France, then in 1799 he died of sickness. This implies that the fatal wound of one of the beast’s heads was inflicted. For a brief time there was no head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Then in 1929 a concordat in Rome was signed by Benito Mussolini giving the Pope back 100 acers, identified today as the Vatican. Now you see how the mortal wound was healed. According to a news headline of The New York Times in June 7, 1929 titled “Mortal Wound Healed”: “Rome, June 7.--From 11 o' clock this morning there was another sovereign independent State in the world. At that time Premier Mussolini, as Italian Foreign Minister representing King Victor Emmanuel--the first Italian Premier ever to cross the threshold of the Vatican--exchanged with Cardinal Gasparri, Papal Secretary of State, representing Pope Pius XI, ratifications of the treaties signed at the Lateran Palace on Feb. 11. By that simple act the sovereign independent State of Vatican City came into existence.”
Rev. 13:3b “. . .and the whole world was astonished and followed the beast.”
According to that same news article as it reads: “At the same time the historic bronze door leading into the Vatican Palace, one side of which has been closed since 1870 as a sign of mourning for the loss of the Pope's temporal power, were thrown completely open again, amid cheers from both inside and outside the Vatican, to signify that peace had been re-established between the Church and Italy.”
Even today many people around the world wonders after the Pope, the pope receives ambassadors from around the world each year to honor him. Even the President of the United States bows before the Pope and just last year the Pope visited America and many people marveled at him. Now you see how this prophecy is unfolding.
Rev. 13:4 “. . .and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? And who is able to make war against it?"
People worship the beast (Roman Catholic Church) because many believe that the Pope is God in the flesh and that he can forgive their sins, but they are truly deceived, because only the Lord can forgive sins.
The question in verse four “Who is like the beast?” refers to the Roman Catholic Church’s diversity from every other empire in the world. The Roman Catholic Church is the only church in the world that exercises both religious and political power. Likewise, it became the only empire in history to dictate people’s legal & spiritual lives.
The other question in verse four “Who is able to make war against it?” emphasizes people’s awe at the power of this beast. During the dark ages, the Catholic Church ruled and was in complete power for over a thousand years. People thought the Roman Republic of the Catholic Church was invincible because they was so powerful and ruled for so long, and that was true until 1798 when the Roman Catholic Church was conquered by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Rev. 13:5 “Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months.”
This beast spoke great blasphemies against God meaning it claimed to be God and claim to take the place of The Lord God Almighty.
According to The Catholic Encyclopedia: “Absolution proper is that act of the priest whereby, in the Sacrament of Penance, he frees man from sin. It presupposes on the part of the penitent, contrition, confession, and promise at least of satisfaction; on the part of the minister, valid reception of the Order of Priesthood and jurisdiction, granted by competent authority, over the person receiving the sacrament.”
In other words the catholic priests or the Pope has the power to free people from sin, according the Catholic Encyclopedia. People actually confess their sins to the Pope and receive a false forgiveness of their sins, this is complete blasphemy because this completely disregards Christ’s death on the cross. If a man was able to free people from sin, then that would mean Christ’s birth, death and resurrection would have no meaning at all, and that is exactly what the Catholic Church publicize, by claiming to have and do the things that only God can do.
Verse 5 also tells us that this beast was allowed to rule for 42 months. Now in bible prophecy one day equals one year and a year is the same as a day. (Numbers 14:34 & Ezekiel 4:6 tells us that) 42 months is 1260 days so this means the beast would rule for 1260 years.
The Roman Catholic Church Began its rule in 538AD after it defeated its last Arian opponent the Ostrogoths.
Then in 1798 the Church lost its power by authority of the French. If you do the math you will see that the time period of their ruling was exactly 1260 years long.
Rev. 13:7 “It was given power to wage war against God's holy people and to conquer them. . . .”
When the Roman Catholic Church ruled (538AD – 1798) they executed over 50 million of God’s people those who refused to follow the church and its pagan traditions. According to ‘W. Leeky, History of the Rise & Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol. 2:32 ‘ “The Church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind. . . and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realize their sufferings.”
The first beast of revelation 13 that rose from out of the sea has been identified!